Normally, business cards are given at the end of the appointments or conversation about the business that you offer. Most of the time, it is the closing part of the prospect conversation. However, do you know that you can use business cards even before you actually think of any prospect? You can actually use it as a starting point to create prospect. This is what is called a business card networking. By using your business cards for impact, you create a network of contacts who may be interested with your business.
A business card networking is not really new. It is a simple marketing strategy that has been applied even before it was not really broadcasted as such. It’s a matter of giving out business cards for impact to a prospect client or partners who in turn use those cards as basis of referrals to those who are interested. At least with a business card on hand, the person who is being referred to knows that a person really exist because the name and the contact details are reflected in the business card.
Guide To Business Card Networking
A business card networking is one of the most effective marketing strategies that can reach out to prospective customers or partners. One good thing about it is that it is easy. You don’t have to make too much effort convincing and prospecting people to talk to you. If you follow these steps, you are already good as using business cards for impact. Here’s how you can make business card networking work for you.
• If you already have an existing prospect, you can give one or two business cards and ask for referrals. You can request them to give your business card to the person that they are referring to. Most probably, the person that they want to refer to you has high chance of interest so giving your business card will give the interested person an opportunity to contact you immediately.
• You can place your business cards in restaurants or canteens. It can be placed on the table or at the counter wherever the owner of the place allows you to do so. The idea is to expose your business to places where people meet and hang out.
• You can also put your business card in invoices, proposals and brochures. When you give the proposals or distribute brochures with your business card on it, you are providing opportunity for an interested person to contact you right way if they find your offer interesting.
When you are sending business cards without a person on sight, you should place a small note at the back of the card. The note should carry a marketing message for the receiver to be interested. This is important because people who see a card alone will not find it interesting if they do not know what the card is for in the first place. At least by placing a small note at the back, you can also customize the message to the people that you are expecting to get your card from the place.
Finally, be sure to respond when someone contacts you for an inquiry or question. You never know when the person who contacted you is interested even though, at first contact, the sender of the message or the caller may not be interested. Its important that when you do business card networking, you are prepared of what may come if you expose your business cards for impact.